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Future research issues in IT and tourism

A manifesto as a result of the JITT workshop in June 2014, Vienna


The objective of this manifesto (as a result of the JITT workshop in June 2014) is to identify a list of pivotal research topics and issues in e-tourism. E-tourism can be seen as everything that happens electronically in the travel and tourism industry/experience; more formally it is defined as the design, implementation and application of IT and ecommerce solutions in the travel and tourism industry as well as the analysis of the impact of the respective technical and economic processes and market structures on all the involved actors and especially on the traveller’s experience. In tourism as an “information business”, Information Technology has always played an important role since the 1960s with the computerized reservation systems/global distribution systems; these were one of the first world-wide electronic networks. And since the beginning of the Web in the early 1990s, travel and tourism was and is a major application domain for Web-based services. As such, the domain is also a major driver of technological innovation. This manifesto provides guidelines on strategic research issues for the research community, but as such it is also conceived as a basis document for industry and policy makers.

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    In the following, and also in order to keep the document short, we use bullet points for listing topics and for “summarising” issues.

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    Defined as changes enabled by digital technologies that occur at a pace and magnitude that disrupt established ways of value creation, social interactions, doing business and even more generally our thinking.

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Correspondence to Hannes Werthner.

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The two-day workshop was organised by the JITT (Journal of Information and Technology, published by Springer) editorial board, with approx. 15 editorial board members.

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Werthner, H., Alzua-Sorzabal, A., Cantoni, L. et al. Future research issues in IT and tourism. Inf Technol Tourism 15, 1–15 (2015).

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  • Research challenges
  • Information technology and tourism
  • Strategic issues